The 10 most popular interior design trends in the UK – and how to achieve the look in your home

Update your home with this season’s exciting new looks.

Google searches for ‘DIY’ have almost trebled in the last three months, with many people having more time to improve their homes. But which interior design trends have been making a mark on British homes this summer? Here the most popular interior design trends of 2020.

Online broker, Mojo Mortgages has looked at search volume data to reveal the top 10 trends people have been coveting the most during lockdown.

1. SCANDINAVIAN

Create the most tranquil of homes this summer. Combine pebble shades with natural textures and sleek Scandinavian inspired furniture to produce a home that’s sleek and stylish, yet comfortable and relaxed. Light, sunny, tongue-and-groove walls, pared down blonde wood furniture and fresh contemporary furnishings reflect the laid back charm of a Scandi-style summer house.

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Photography: Adrian Briscoe

See: How to transform your home with these simple Scandinavian design ideas

2. FARMHOUSE

Conjure up the romanticism of a French farmhouse with gentle blue grey walls, curvy rustic furniture and cool painterly shutters to diffuse bright summer sunshine. Add a nod to Brocante style, wirework bird cages, mirrord frames and sweet pastel ceramics add rustic charm. Alternatively, a gentle pale grey and putty decorating scheme is a perfect backdrop for warm weathered wood furniture, and furnishings and accessories inspired by the natural world.

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Photography: Mark Bolton

3. INDUSTRIAL

The ability to renovate and give a new lease of life to old factories, warehouse, barns and derelict buildings is the hottest design trend of the moment. From sharp lines, architectural elements and stripped back interiors, there is no doubt that industrial design is here for the long haul. Focusing primarily on manufacturing, mechanical ingenuity and construction, there are so many ways to introduce industrial style into your home. Function, innovation and simplicity are the key elements of an industrial designer’s philosophy and they take great pride in ensuring products not only look beautiful but work efficiently too.

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Photography: Paul Massey

4. FLORAL

The delicate but impactful nature of florals can add a new dimension to any scheme, whether traditional or contemporary. If you’re looking for a timeless design to work into your scheme, go for a classic floral print in a pared-back colour palette. This look works well in a traditional country cottage or period property and its long established popularity will stand the test of time. Choose a print that features large blooms, rather than a small repeat pattern, and is realistic in its design and style for an elegant finish.

Photography: Carolyn Barber

5. GEOMETRIC

Geometric patterns are very popular at the moment and make a real statement in the home. Geometrics are evolving, moving in a new direction, more playful and less ordered than their predecessors. With inspiration both architectural in nature and with a nod to tribal influences, the new direction is about taking simple geometric elements and mixing them up, playfully reconfiguring the shapes in new ways, whether random in layout or in unexpected pattern repeats. Here we have used a muted, chalky pastel palette, to keep the designs feeling fresh and subtle. This is a key element in creating a soft, welcoming scheme that feels calming on the eye.

Photography: Michael Sinclair

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6. MARBLE

If there’s one thing that’s storming the style charts and shaking up interiors, it’s the return of marble. So if you’re after a hot new look that’s bang on trend, a splash of marble in the bathroom or kitchen is the way to go. Marble is undoubtedly the material of the moment – celebrate this classic stone by taking it out of its comfort zone and bringing it bang up to date.

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Photography: Carolyn Barber

7. RUSTIC

This look is a crowd pleaser, appealing to anyone who loves their modern home comforts but wants to inject some character details into their living spaces, too. It works ideally in homes that already have some interesting features, such as exposed beams, original floorboards or panelled walls, but can equally be re-created with a considered balance of old and new pieces that work together in harmony. Reclaimed wood is the core material that holds this look together – look for unique pieces that show plenty of grain and texture, rather than items that are perfectly finished.

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8. VINTAGE

Upcycled, salvaged and retro pieces all have their place in a vintage scheme. The key is to reference the look rather than slavishly reproduce it, using strong colours, favourite pieces and a less-is-more approach for a vibrant, cohesive aesthetic. The key to this approach is to provide plenty of contrast. Build up a vintage-style scheme gradually. It’s the kind of look that needs layering so choose pieces over time that mean something to you. Add a few luxe elements such as rich fabrics and statement lighting to create a modern note.

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Photography: Jody Stewart

See: 2020s most popular interiors on Homes & Gardens’ Instagram

9. ART DECO

The first thing that everyone sees, the front door sets the mood for the whole house. A flat awning is a classic Art Deco feature – its straight lines without decoration show the influence of Modernist architecture that was the cutting-edge style in the 1920s and 1930s. Mirrored surfaces, chrome, wood and leather are all of the period, but gloss lacquer, spray-painted aluminium, shiny vinyl and modern flooring also work well in a Thirties context. Add humour with an overscaled piece of furniture, reinterpret original designs in contemporary colours, or work modern pieces in the distinctive soft Thirties palette to give edge and definition to a monochrome scheme.

Photography: Paul Raeside

10. BOHEMIAN

Bring colour and character to your home with a mix of homemade pieces and one-of-a-kind buys. Channel your inner hippie and burn some incense, scented candles or invest in an oil burner. For a true boho fragrance, choose a sweet, warm and woody aroma, such as pine or patchouli. Be inspired by antique carousels and gypsy caravans and choose furniture in ornate, detailed wood to complement this look.

Photography: James Merrell

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